Bike August 2017

Bike Magazine showcases the sport of mountain biking like no other publication. It captures the sport's personalities, trends, and issues with a style all its own. Using insightful feature articles and the sport's best photography, Bike is sure to make you want to get outside and ride.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
slow down

IMMEDIATELY AFTER LAST YEAR’S PHOTO ANNUAL WAS OFF TO the printer, I partook in the somewhat-mundane tradition of creating the new ‘Annual’ folder in Bike’s image library. Despite my best efforts to keep this folder a pared-down selection of short-list images, it had inevitably grown to an almost-unmanageable size by the time we sat down to produce this issue. I’m fortunate to be inundated with world-class imagery on a daily basis, but reviewing an endless stream of stunning photos is no longer the sole realm of photo editors like myself. An Instagram feed of any top mountain bike photographer today could well have been a Photo Annual submission just a few years ago. It makes me wonder how we all process this overwhelming volume of high-quality imagery and the role…

5 min.

WRITE US Bike welcomes your input. Send correspondence to: Editor, Bike magazine, 2052 Corte Del Nogal, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Or send an email to: nicole@bikemag.com. Praise the Bible Thanks a lot Bike magazine (sarcasm). You and your damn Bible of Bike Tests. I love my Santa Cruz Blur LT. I was not really in the market for a new bike, and damn sure not a 29er, an over-hyped wheel size created by bicycle industry marketing people. Then The Bible showed up in my mailbox. I read the reviews and watched the videos. The YT Jeffsy really piqued my interest. The reviews made it sound perfect for the way I ride. So, now here it is April, and I have to wait four months for my new Jeffsy 29 to arrive. Thanks again. ROBERT…

3 min.
light fall

FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, THE QUEST FOR OPtimal light is as old a trade as the medium itself. Sterling Lorence knows this better than most. He has been chasing light for nearly three decades while shooting the best mountain bikers in the world as they push the boundaries of the sport. At the same time, Lorence has pushed the boundaries of photography, illuminating dramatic landscapes with strobes to augment natural light, or scrambling up trees in spikes to nail an original overhead angl When drone technology became attainable to those without big Hollywood budgets a few years ago, Lorence immediately looked past its capabilities for the camera, and saw a much bigger opportunity as a strobe-carrying device. Right away I was tuning into that,” he says. “Other people were, too. There’s no shortage of…

7 min.
dirty in dodge

“IT’S A BIT OF AN INTENSE START,” warns Jeremy Grasby before he nonchalantly disappears off the rock outcrop. He and I just huffed our way up through a network of logging roads to the top of Bear Buns, one of the most popular trails in Cumberland. From this lofty perch I can see through the trees to where the east coast of Vancouver Island meets the Pacific Ocean, and in the foreground, the three towns of the Comox Valley: Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland. With Grasby disappearing fast, I stand on my pedals, take a deep breath and roll over the edge. From the flat top, the trail pitches off the rock outcrop into a V in the rock. I sit back and let the tires run. A few bounces and then…

7 min.
solid as steel

“THAT WAS IT,” SAYS JOHNNY WENNER, 43, pointing to a bandsaw. “I was cutting a large bundle of material, and as it was traveling through the last bit, my hand was in the wrong spot. It barely grazed my hand, then I looked down and I could see my bone split in half. When the pain set in, it was like my hand was on fire in a vat of acid.” The saw sliced through the metacarpal of his pointer finger and required 30 stitches and some titanium. That was 2009, and it’s the only injury Wenner has sustained in 17 years of professional metal fabrication and six years as a welding professor. “I like the permanence of metal,” says Wenner. “It’s not easy to work with and there’s a level of…

1 min.
all or nothing

FROM THE OUTSIDE, PEOPLE MIGHT think that mountain bike photographers— like racers—are a fairly competitive lot. While that may be true at times, the reality is that we are more family than foes. I learned this in Hafjell, Norway, in 2014 while shooting the downhill World Champship races. I was sitting at the bottom of a massive rock garden when Australia’s Connor Fearon came charging through, clipped a rock and ejected into the boulders face-first a few feet away from me. He was bloodied, his helmet was smashed and his face was mangled. I was the only person Fearon knew on the course, so I rode down in the ambulance with him instead of shooting the morning’s practice. Like most race photographers, I was required by contract to deliver a certain…